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Block's Corner

Block's Corner

By Block's Corner
Benjamin Block is a sports columnist in New York and Block's Corner is your home for interesting, unique and exclusive conversations with athletes and industry leaders.
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My conversation with NBC Sports Kenny Rice
As horse racing broadcaster Kenny Rice readies himself to host a virtual edition of the Eclipse Awards, he stopped by Block's Corner to chat about 2020 and the year that was. Kenny's love of sports stretches beyond the track as we discuss basketball, baseball and a moment in football history that helped shape him, and one that he'll never forget. If you like the episode, please SUBSCRIBE and leave a review! 
49:31
January 28, 2021
My conversation with Starlight Racing's Jack Wolf
As a member of the ownership group of the 2020 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic, Starlight Racing's Jack Wolf joins me to talk about his 2020 Horse of the Year candidate. Jack also shares some memories about how he got into owning horses and some thoughts about the future of the sport of kings! Please don't forget to SUBSCRIBE and leave a review!
41:51
January 26, 2021
My conversation with Mark Breland
Five-time winner of the New York Golden Gloves, 1984 Olympic gold medalist and two-time welterweight champion of the world Mark Breland joins me to talk about his recent departure as trainer for heavyweight prizefighter Deontay Wilder. Breland doesn't hold back about what he thinks of Wilder and the rest of the current boxing landscape.  Please don't forget to SUBSCRIBE and leave a review!
31:50
December 12, 2020
AUDIO article: Amir Khan Triumphs Over Pride and Prejudice
About a year ago I secured an exclusive interview (for Playboy) with British-Pakistani prizefighter Amir Khan hours before he would go on to challenge WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford at Madison Square Garden. Our conversation was intended to be about the upcoming fight, but it shifted toward what Khan confessed is a much bigger fight outside of the ring. **IF YOU WISH TO READ THE ARTICLE** Click here. Happy reading and happy listening!
08:16
April 29, 2020
Mike and the Mad Dog: An Oral History
About four years ago I secured an exclusive interview (for VICE) with Mike Francesa and Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo of the now defunct Mike and the Mad Dog radio program on WFAN in New York. For your listening pleasure, I have gone back and recorded myself reading the article, along with soundbites from everyone I interviewed for the piece.   **IF YOU WISH TO READ THE ARTICLE**  Click here. Happy reading and happy listening!
21:09
April 21, 2020
Audio article of 100-year Anniversary of the founding of the Negro National League
Appearing in the April 2020 issue of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's magazine, Memories and Dreams, is a featured article that I wrote commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the Negro National League. In telling this unique and historically important story, I was aided by filmmaker Ken Burns, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Bob Kendrick and baseball radio host Ed Randall. Because the magazine is available to subscribers only, please visit my Twitter and Instagram @Blockscorner to view a pdf of the article. Thank you for your support and I hope this article helps raise awareness and appreciation. But most of all, I hope you enjoy!
12:48
April 17, 2020
My conversation with Jim Leyritz
Former New York Yankee and two-time World Series champion and postseason legend Jim Leyritz joined me to evaluate the acquisition of Gerrit Cole and the rest of the Yankees offseason moves, as well as share stories about his playing days, perseverance and what he’s up to now. It's truly an inspirational conversation and one that I hope you enjoy.  Please also SUBSCRIBE and leave a review!
01:20:23
December 25, 2019
My conversation with ESPN's Coley Harvey
ESPN’s Coley Harvey, who is in his second season as beat writer for the New York Yankees, joined me from spring training in Tampa, Florida to breakdown the new-look Yankees of 2019. I hope you enjoy the conversation and please SUBSCRIBE and leave a review! 
56:16
March 4, 2019
My conversation with Bob Canobbio
CompuBox co-creator and President Bob Canobbio joined me to talk about how his love of boxing and pursuit of a career in sports manifested in the birth of the punch tracker fight fans have come to know at CompuBox. It’s a conversation full of great stories and a must-listen for any boxing fan. I hope you enjoy!
01:04:37
February 25, 2019
My conversation with Ed Randall
WFAN personality Ed Randall joined me to talk about his lifelong love of baseball, sharing some incredible must-hear stories, and also talked about his purpose in life, which is to spread awareness about preventing prostate cancer. I hope you enjoy our conversation!
31:38
February 15, 2019
My conversation with James "Buster" Douglas and ESPN's Jeremy Schaap and Ben Houser
Former heavyweight champion of the world James "Buster" Douglas joined me to relive his incredible upset over Mike Tyson in 1990, talk about his life growing up, and promote his ESPN 30 for 30 documentary. Emmy award winning filmmakers Jeremy Schaap and Ben Houser also came on to discuss their interest in Douglas and shared passion for finally telling his story.
57:44
December 10, 2018
My conversation with Rich Mancuso: "Keep it in the ring!"
Rich joined me Friday on the eve of the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury heavyweight championship fight to talk boxing, but not before discussing everything Mets and Yankees as the two New York ball clubs approach the baseball winter meetings. It's an interesting and entertaining conversation that I hope you enjoy!
01:07:25
December 1, 2018
My conversation with Yankees beat reporter, Sweeny Murti
In this episode, Sweeny and I talk about the ups and downs the Yankees have had this season, and preview potential playoff scenarios. I hope you enjoy the episode! Please review and subscribe to my podcast. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @benjaminblock21
42:39
September 23, 2018
My conversation with Sports Illustrated's Ben Reiter, author of Astroball
In this episode, Ben and I talk about how he turned a 2014 SI article about the Houston Astros — when they were the worst team in all of baseball — into a book on the 2018 New York Times Best Seller list. Could the Astroball movie be next?! Ben reveals why it would be better than its predecessor, Moneyball. Listen for that, and much more!
21:01
August 10, 2018
My conversation with actor, Joe Cole
In this episode Joe and I talk about his latest film, A Prayer Before Dawn, where he portrays real life boxer Billy Moore, whose drug addictions land him in Thailand's worst prisons. Joe touches on life growing up in South London, the kind of future projects he's looking for, and much more!
17:57
August 6, 2018
LISTEN: My conversation with Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim
ICYMI: Jon and I discuss how on earth Nadal and Federer are No. 1 and No. 2 in the world 10 years removed from their historic 2008 Wimbledon final, Serena's 2018 ranking debate, a cool story about career advice Jon received from the late Frank Deford when he first arrived at Sports Illustrated, and much more!
33:38
July 5, 2018